Top Ten Tuesday: 10 TV shows to watch this Autumn #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is… ‘In honor of Fall TV, do a TV-themed topic!

I’ve not been watching much TV at all lately and I can’t say I’ve missed it. But there is something comforting about knowing that the good season of TV is around the corner – everyone knows all the good shows start in the Autumn, and I for one am excited about the long dark evenings drawing in. Summer, is so passé, you guys. 

Here are some of the shows I’ll be watching this Autumn, plus a few that I already am…(air dates = UK TV)

1. The Great British Bake Off (BBC)

I’m so happy this is back. It’s so addictive, but it also makes me need to eat cake. A lot. Bye diet!

2. The X Factor (ITV)

Pure trash but I just can’t help it! Every year I say I’m not going to watch it but oh look, it just happened to be on and I couldn’t find the remote. Or something. 

3. The Fall (BBC)

Omg I love this ‘why dunnit’ show so much. Series 3 doesn’t have an air date beyond ‘Autumn’ yet, but mannnnnnn I can’t wait. Is it really wrong to fancy a serial killer. I work in a prison – don’t answer that!

 

4. Crazyhead (E4)

I can’t find a trailer for this yet but it’s being hailed as Misfits meets Buffy. Er yes please! 

“From ‘Misfits’ creator Howard Overman and full of dark humour and unexpected twists, this new comedy drama series follows the angst and exorcisms of an unlikely duo of demon hunters, played by Cara Theobold (‘Downton Abbey’) and Susan Wokoma (‘Chewing Gum’). When people die most go quietly into the night, but some have unfinished business: scores to settle, blood to spill, axes to plant in people’s heads… Most of the time these tormented souls walk freely amongst us, unseen by all but a special few – Amy (Theobold) is one of those few…” Unknown air date.

5. Lethal Weapon (ITV)

Another film franchise turned into a TV show. It definitely has the potential to be good though, right?  Unknown air date.

6. Aquarius, Season 2 (Sky Atlantic)

I don’t have Sky anymore so I’ll have to download this. I got a bit bored towards the end of season 1, but I’m hoping this Charles Manson- based thriller will turn it around! Airs in the UK  16th September.

7. The Last Kingdom, Series 2 (BBC)

I’ve never felt the need to pick up a Bernard Cornwall book before, so this adaptation really surprised me. The first series was a definite TV highlight for me last year. Can’t wait for more Uhtred. Swoooooooon!

 

8. Black Mirror 3 (Netflix)

Charlie Brooker’s dark & twisted drama has moved to Netflix with an air date of Oct 21st. Just in time for Halloween. Should be good!

I can’t think of any others.. What will drag you away from your books this Autumn?

Friday Feature: Must See TV!

I hope I’m not being too premature here, but TV is getting good again, right?

Autumn always brings a fresh batch of shows just in time for us to start the yearly hibernation (I’m not the only one who does this…am I?), and I have a few on my not-to-miss list already. I haven’t started watching most of them yet…but I will. Soon.

Here’s what made the list last year.

Gotham

What’s the Story? This new US 16-parter takes us to a pre-Batman Gotham City with young detective James Gordon and the recently orphaned 12-year-old Bruce Wayne. We also see the original stories of the most famous Batman villains from The Joker, The Riddler and The Penguin to Poison Ivy and Catwoman.

Thoughts: Ryan from the O.C – LOL! It looks totally epic though.

Gotham aired on Fox in the US on 22nd September and just started in the UK last week, on 5.

The Strain

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What’s the Story? Based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy, ‘The Strain’ follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Centre of Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.

Thoughts: I never got round to reading the book, mainly because it’s reeeeeeally long, and my friend Dora didn’t rate it much, but I’m intrigued to see how they’ve made it work on screen.

The Strain started last month in the UK, on Watch.

The Leftovers

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What’s the Story? Based on the novel of the same name, ‘The Leftovers’ tells the story of when the Rapture happened, but not quite like it was supposed to. Set just after the apocalypse, we follow the people who didn’t make the cut, and a world that will never be the same again.

Thoughts: The trailer looked interesting as did the premise but I wasn’t all that impressed with the first episode of this. I’m going to give it a couple more before making up my mind though. It’s got a pretty impressive cast so I was hoping for great things!

The Leftovers started in the UK last month on Sky Atlantic

The Knick

What’s the Story?
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, this drama set in 1900 in New York City follows the lives and works of the staff of Knickerbocker Hospital including new lead surgeon, Dr. John Thackery played by Clive Owen.

Thoughts: I’m a sucker for Victorian Medical dramas. Or I would be if there were more of them around. I’m really intrigued by this. Clive Owen isn’t my favourite though. And that tash is scary.

The Knick started yesterday (16/10) on Sky Atlantic

The Missing

What’s the Story? Told using a fascinating narrative puzzle with twists and turns at every stage, The Missing follows Tony, played by James Nesbitt – a man who will do whatever it takes to find his missing child. When Oliver disappears on a holiday in France, Tony’s exhaustive search fractures his marriage to Emily, played by Frances O’Connor, and threatens to destroy his life.

Thoughts: Whenever I get excited about a BBC drama I feel like I’ve turned into my mother. Not that that’s a bad thing – my mum’s great (Hi mum, you can pay me later) – but y’know.

The Missing starts soon on BBC One.

AHS: Freakshow


What’s the Story?
The fourth season of anthology series American Horror Story, subtitled Freak Show, is set in 1952 Jupiter, Florida. It tells the story of one of the last remaining freak shows in America, run by Jessica Lange’s German ex-pat Elsa, and their struggle for survival. Scroll through the gallery to see which of the cast are returning and to meet the new characters prepared to shock and terrify you this autumn.

Thoughts: I still haven’t watched the last season, Coven but I couldn’t not include this. I LOVED the first series, but I got a bit bored of the second one. I really hope this ends up being as good, and messed up, as it looks.

American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres on 21st October in the UK, on FOX.

I am also slightly obsessed with Peaky Blinders at the moment. It is soooooo good. The Tom Hardy/Cillian Murphy combo is blowing my mind.

And, when is Broadchurch 2 happening?

Must See TV Update!

During Horror October, I branched out from solely bookish posts which proved a success so I thought I’d do a quick follow up.

One of the posts was about some of the new TV shows that I was excited to watch, all of which I’ve started watching now, some with better results than others. See the original post here.

First up was Dracula.

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Thoughts: I’m still not entirely sold on it. The first episode was a bit slow but JRM is a pretty fit Dracula. I’ve only got 3 episodes in so far and still have high hopes, but it definitely needs to pick up soon!

American Horror Story: The Coven

Thoughts: The jury’s still out on this one. I’ve only got round to watching one episode which was pretty good. I just hope that it’s more like the first series and not the last one because I found that one a bit boring after a while.

The Tunnel

Thoughts: Now this is AWESOME. I am loving it. It’s a dark, gripping crime drama set in both Folkestone and Calais. I love the relationship between the two detectives and Clemence Posey is amazing! I really wished I’d watched The Bridge now, the Scandinavian drama that this is based on.

The Originals
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Thoughts: Ugh I can not be bothered with this. It was as a feared. TVD went rubbish and this is more of the same. I just don’t care about any of the characters. Suffice to say, I won’t be watching the rest of it.

Bates Motel
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Thoughts: I’ve finished this series now. On the whole I did enjoy it, but there was definitely a dip in the middle when I got a bit blahhhh about it. I still think Vera Farmiga was an amazing casting choice and I really started to feel for her even if she’s a bit mental and has clearly sent Norman mental too. I’m looking forward to the next series as surely Norman is now getting crazier and crazier, and pretty dangerous too of course. Come on, we all know how it ends!

Have you been watching any of these? What do you think?

Horror October: Must-See TV!

The main thing I have loved about Horror October is the opportunity to branch out a little. I am, and will remain a BOOK blogger, but like most of you reading this I’m sure, I have other interests too. TV and Film are also great source of enjoyment in my life.

Autumn is always such a great season for new TV shows and this year has been no exception. So I wanted to share with you some my favourite new horrorish shows, and those I am really excited about *squeal*!

1. DRACULA!
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OMG I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this. I have loved Jonathan Rhys Meyers since I saw him in Gormenghast, and then Velvet Goldmine where he played a character based on David Bowie. He was so perfect in both of those so him being cast as Dracula is just a bit amazing. Also Katie McGrath from Merlin plays Lucy Westenra…BONUS!

Synopsis from IMDB: Series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. Written by NBC

Dracula starts on NBC on Oct 25th in the states and shortly after on Sky Living in the UK.

2. American Horror Story: The Coven

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My excitement for this is on par with Dracula although I didn’t enjoy the last series anywhere near as much as I thought I would! I just felt it fizzled out a bit and I lost interest. This, however, looks crazy good!

AHS: Coven started on Oct 9th US, and will begin on FX in the UK on the 29th…just in time for Halloween!

3. The Tunnel

Synopsis from Sky.com:
The Tunnel is a gripping new thriller from the makers of Broadchurch, set against the backdrop of Europe in crisis.

When a prominent French politician is found dead on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Games of Thrones’ Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Harry Potter’s Clémence Poésy) are sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries. The case takes a surreal turn when a shocking discovery is made at the crime scene, forcing the French and British police into an uneasy partnership.

As the serial killer uses ever more elaborate and ingenious methods to highlight the moral bankruptcy of modern society, Karl and Elise are drawn deeper into his increasingly personal agenda.

Inspired by Scandinavian drama The Bridge, it’s an original production for Sky Atlantic HD and the result of an entente cordiale with France’s CANAL+

The Tunnel started on Sky Atlantic on Oct 16th

4. The Originals

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I used to LOVE The Vampire Diaries although I never read the books. The thing is, the last few series of TVD have been rubbish. Sad Face. So, I don’t really know how to feel about this spin-off but I am looking forward to finding out!

Synopsis from IMDB: A spin-off from The Vampire Diaries and set in New Orleans, The Originals centers on the Mikaelson siblings, otherwise known as the world’s original vampires: Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). Now Klaus must take down his protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), who is now in charge of New Orleans, in order to re-take his city, as he originally built New Orleans. Klaus departed from the city after being chased down by his father Mikael, while it was being constructed and Marcel took charge. As Klaus has returned after many years, his ego has provoked him to become the king of the city. “Every King needs an heir” says Klaus, accepting the unborn child. The child is a first to be born to a hybrid (part vampire, part werewolf) and a werewolf (Hayley). Written by Anaya Miller

The Originals started on Oct 3rd in the US and begins in the UK 22nd Oct on SYFY

5. Bates Motel

This has been a surprise for me. I wasn’t sure it would work, but I’ve loved it so far. Vera Farmiga is amazing as Norma Bates and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

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Synopsis from IMBD: A modern re-imagining and prequel to the movie Psycho. This story begins with the earlier years of a teenage Norman Bates and his mother Norma who live in an old house overlooking the adjoining motel which they are renovating. The house and hotel both come with secrets of their own as does the new town which the Bates’ now call home. Written by Alton Tyre

Bates Motel is currently on Universal in the UK, Thursday Nights. Sleepy Hollow is also worth a mention, so far I’ve seen 2 episodes and it’s been good, I hope they crank it up a notch though!